16-19 Bursary and Free Meals

The 16-19 Bursary - Get Help With Your Finances


If you are young person (16-18 years old) and attending one of our study programmes you could be eligible to apply for a bursary or free meals. If you are:


  • Claiming Income Support or Universal Credit
  • A Looked After Child
  • Care Leaver
  • Claiming Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independent Payments)


You could be eligible for a priority bursary of up to £40 a week (£1,200 in an academic year). We also award discretionary bursaries to young people who:


  • Had free school meals in Year 11; or
  • Have responsibility for caring for a relative.


If you fit any of these categories you could be eligible for an award of up to £30 per week (£900 in an academic year) while attending your study programme.
For those young people who live in a household whose income is £16,190 or less or up to £22,000 with more than one dependant, you could be eligible for assistance towards the costs of:


  • Travel
  • Lunch while on the course
  • Cost towards equipment

You may also be able to apply for support towards the cost of clothing for a specific activity on your study programme or clothing for interviews or a placement.

If you have childcare needs the Care to Learn scheme could help with childcare costs while you study. You must be under 20 at the start of your course.

For further details and information on how to apply please contact us or visit https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview

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